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Cynthia B. Astle

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • WCC Water Teaser

    Albin Hillert

    Water:Walk Raises Awareness for Clean Water Struggle in Africa

    People in New Albany, Ind., don't think too much about getting water; they just turn on a tap. Trinity United Methodist Church changed that perception for many on Sept. 16 by co-sponsoring a "Water:Walk" with a non-profit organization, Blood:Water, according to a report by Aprile Rickert of the News and Tribune. More than 70 people joined in the Water:Walk along the New Albany access to the Ohio River. The co-sponsor, Blood:Water, works in sub-Saharan Africa to improve clean water access and bring HIV/AIDS education. more

  • Old Mission UMC Windows

    Photo by Susan Pfannmuller

    They Can See Clearly Now at this Kansas UMC

    When it came time to replace the 60-year-old windows of Old Mission United Methodist Church in Fairway, Kansas, the congregation made a momentous decision: No more stained glass. Instead, all the glories of God's creation shine in their season through the arched 20-feet-high windows of the sanctuary as the church celebrates its 75th anniversary, according to an article on KansasCity.com. “It was a decision we made, not to shut the world out with stained glass windows,” Michael Gardner, senior pastor, was quoted by Su Bacon. “The design invites us to look out to the world around us because God is connected to the world around us.” more